Unlike most celebrities, Angel feels that she had it fairly easy at the beginning of her career. “Everything that I’m doing now, parang were given to me on a silver platter. … I remember, I didn’t have to go through the difficult stuff.”
With her bronze skin, ideal figure, and cheekbones to die for, Angel was a favorite of photographers and designers. During our cover shoot, both make-up artist Ricci Chan and photographer Sarah Black agreed that Angel always delivered. If your life depended on one great photo and you just have 10 frames, get Angel to pose, Ricci says.
But that doesn’t mean she was immediately in her best form. Not at all, she admits. “In the beginning, I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t know how to smile. Sabi nila, ‘O, you say eyyy.’ Then, I just learned things along the way.”
She also learned how to act the same way. She was grateful that she was given roles she could handle at the time, giving her the opportunity to learn “slowly but surely.” When hosting gigs came her way, she began to suspect her success had an element of luck to it. “I went to the auditions of F. My God, I was screwing up every line,” she recalls. F was the successful magazine show she hosted with news anchor Cher Calvin and former lifestyle reporter Daphne Oseña-Paez. It first aired in 1999 and ran for seven years. Today, Angel hosts Us Girls, an F-like spinoff, with Iya Villania and Cheska Garcia-Kramer.
“Thank goodness for education, I was taught how to speak properly. … Thank goodness to my Nanay who always motivated me ... whatever na dumating sa ‘yo, rise up to the challenge.”?